Russian Resurrection Film Festival director Nicholas Maksymow has a good sense of timing. Presenting a screening of Russian Ark in 2003, he suggested that a Russian film festival mightn't be a bad thing to have in Sydney. As it happened, the then NSW Premier Bob Carr was in the audience. The next year, Sydney got a Russian film festival. Russian Resurrection is in its eighth year now, and for its 2011 season it brings you an elegant sufficiency of modern Russian cinema.
Innocent Saturday drops viewers into the bureaucracy of Chernobyl during the first 24 hours after the accident, opening night film Elena explores morality in post-Soviet Russia and Milla Jovavich stars in the romantic comedy Lucky Trouble. Dark, train-heavy period piece The Edge explores a fairytale-like story in a remote village in Siberia, while Dark World is fairy-tale in the more traditional vein of Night Watch. Night Watch's director Timur Bekmambetov, meanwhile, takes a break from fantasy and sews together lives across Russia in a multi-layered anthology set during New Year's eve, Six Degrees of Celebration.
3D sessions will screen at Event Cinemas in Burwood and Bondi Junction during the festival.